Due to the myriad of options as of late, many consumers are opting out of real hardwood floors and choosing porcelain and ceramic tile that looks like wood instead. For families that want a sophisticated look without the upkeep of hardwood, this may be a good option.
Wood flooring will look beautiful and shiny when it’s first laid and if you take very good care of it, that look will last a long time; however, if your family is hard on your hardwood, it won’t be long before there are scratches, cracks, chips and dents, causing your floors to need a refinish and reseal every couple of years.
Wood-looking floors are quite easy to maintain and to clean. When tile is damaged, a single or multiple tiles can be removed and replaced, which should be the most you’ll have to do as far as maintenance. You may want to consider a new sealer every 3-5 years to keep moisture from seeping into the tile or grout.
Contrary to popular belief, hardwood floors and tile are close to the same price per square foot, depending on what you choose. The real difference in price is in installation and maintenance. Tile is not as labor intensive as wood planks, making them the lesser expensive option. Technology in the tile industry is so far advanced that you’d have to get up close and personal with a plank of wood to see if it’s the real thing. Knots, grain, shade, and other wood details are possible with tile, meaning even exotic, expensive wood looks are available at a more reasonable tile price.
It goes without saying; tile can give the same warmth and welcoming look of wood without the destruction of a single tree. The material tile is made out of will most likely last longer than the trend of the times, making it a truly long-term investment.
Wood is really best to be used in rooms with little to no moisture, making it tough to get that seamless look if you want to extend your hardwood into the bathroom or kitchen. Because of the nature of tile, you can get that seamless wood—grain look and have it follow every room in the house.
Make your appointment today to see all the choices in hardwood looking tiles. Discuss with our designers which rooms you plan to install flooring in, and we’ll share the best and newest flooring options there are!